Who would ever think that I would become a fan of this band. I always hated them in the beginning because of Chris' vocal patterns: gritty and annoying. I refused to buy an album from them until I got "The Grave Digger" in the mail from their last promotion. I just loved it. I think it had to do with the fact that Chris' voice aged better and he had a darker overtone to it. It was evil and not as annoying. Since then, I got almost all their CD's.
Now, "Rheingold" is in my hands and it's another fun, entertaining and fierce product. The story is broken into four parts and based on a German national tale. The CD is in typical GRAVE DIGGER. Kick ass guitar work and heavy drumming rounded out by Chris' trade mark vocals. When you hear the title track, you will notice that Chris' vocals are like the days of old when I despised them. I now embrace them and everything that this band does. Their compositions are a bit more technical than their previous work and possess the power to be heavy and melodic at the same time.
The production is clean and clear and the band's over all sound is rocking. Fans of the band should continue to embrace them as they have released another great record in the Power Metal genre except it's not happy Metal. Thank God!!! (Online September 16, 2003)